A five-year-old orangutan has been rescued on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.
And while all of the “critically endangered” Bornean orangutans are crucial to protect, this particular female is even more at risk.
With white hair and strikingly light blue eyes, she’s one of only a handful of albino orangutans alive today.
This ape was rescued from villagers last month by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. The villagers, according to an organization spokesperson, had kept the female in captivity for two days.
She is now being kept in a dimly lit enclosure, due to her heightened sensitivity to the sun.
“Understandably, she still has a long way to go in her recovery following the trauma of losing her mother and her illegal capture,” the group said, noting that they are unsure what happened to the mom.
Borneo — which is divided between Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei — is one of only two places where wild orangutans can still be found.
The population of the Bornean species experienced sharp declines in recent years, dropping more than 60 percent between 1950 and 2010, with a further 22 percent drop expected between 2010 and 2025.
Scientists fear that by 2025, there will only be 47,000 members of the species left.
Rare albino orangutan freed from captivity
Posted by The Independent on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Conservationists involved in the albino ape’s rescue hope that her story will spread awareness about the plight of the species as a whole.
They’re asking the public to pick a “meaningful” name for the female, who they hope to reintroduce to the wild as soon as possible.
Name suggestions can be sent to email@example.com, or by posting with the hashtag #albinoorangutan. The group will announce the winner on May 14.
Hopefully this goes better than the last time that the internet was asked to name something — which resulted in Boaty McBoatface.
Our girl needs a name. Share your suggestions on social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) using the hashtag #albinoorangutan or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The best name will be announced on May 15 via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more on this story and how you can help protect orangutans: http://orangutan.or.id/help-bos-foundation-name-rescued-albino-orangutan#BOSF #Orangutan #Conservation #SaveOrangutans #OrangutanFreedom———-Orangutan betina kami membutuhkan nama. Berikan saran Anda di social media yang kamu punya (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) menggunakan hashtag #AlbinoOrangutan atau kirim ke email@example.com. Nama terbaik akan diumumkan pada 15 Mei di halaman sosial media kami; Facebook, Twitter, dan Instagram. Cari tahu informasi lebih lengkap dan bagaimana cara menyalamatkannya di sini: http://www.orangutan.or.id/id/help-bos-foundation-name-rescued-albino-orangutan
Posted by BOS Foundation on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Next, watch this rescued owl hug the man who saved her life. Then, read how American trophy hunting is sending giraffes to a “silent extinction.”